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NEW Video Game: Game of Thrones [Download]
Experience an amazing adventure in one of the most complete and fascinating universes in medieval-fantasy literature.Game of Thrones is a great Role Playing Game that puts you at the core of a thrilling plot, where your fate will be guided by vengeance, allegiance and honor.
NEW BOOK - The Crown Conspiracy This is a new book that is getting a lot of rave reviews. You might want to check the authors website for more information Author's Website He has a full listing of book signings, and more. Here is a great quote from the author about the book: "There's no prophesy, no innocent boy destined to save the world, no ultimate evil to be slain. Just two guys in the wrong place at the wrong time trying to survive." This sounds like it iis a refreshing change from the typical fantasy cookie cutter approach. (It is also available for Kindle)
New Online Game: Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures Released May 23 2008 - Finally a game for those of us over 18 who love online games but want something we can really sink our teeth into. This game has a new and revolutionary combat system, an extensive crafting system and well, lots more. And it is the first game to be rated M17 ! Whoa. Could this be the heir to the Warcraft throne? Learn more about the game, read the press release and see some videos here. Age of Conan
DVD and poster giveaway (There can be only one.... Winner!) . Highlander: The Source, the latest installment in the Highlander franchise comes to DVD on Feb 26 but I am giving away a free copy along with movie poster to one lucky web visitor. (The Contest has ended. Thankyou to all who entered. If you didn't win you can still learn more about the movie here)
Beowulf The Movie comes to theatres this friday and the talk about the movie is growing to a feverish pitch. If you want to learn more about Beowulf, the movie, the books or the legend I have a page of resources here: Beowulf resources - Beowulf Books - More Beowulf Clips
Here is my favorite clip. It really gives you a sense of the epic fantasy of the movie and the history of the hero in our psyche. Here's a quote by Beowulf "We swam for five days neck and neck. I was conserving my strength for the final stretch when this storm blew up. And with it came Sea Monsters." Just freaking great! I love it!
The 2008 Fantasy and Medieval Calendars
There are a lot of great fantasy and medieval calendars out for next hear including the new Boris & Julie calendar, the new Luis Royo, Harry Potter, The Golden Compass and lots more. Go to the calendar store and check them out 2008 Fantasy Calendars
A New World Premiere from The History Channel: The Lost book of Nostradamus A mysterious book of cryptic prophecies has been discovered at the National Library in Rome , and there is evidence to suggest that it is the final work of the most famous and controversial prophet in the history of the world, Nostradamus. Even more startling than the discovery of the book, though, are the warnings it contains, which were so blasphemous and frightening in their time that they may have been intentionally suppressed until now. A brand-new special examines the life's work of Nostradamus and the evidence and contents of this startling discovery in LOST BOOK OF NOSTRADAMUS, premiering Sunday, October 28 th at 9:00pm ET/PT on The History Channel®. Learn More about it
Note: Oct 23 I have received an advance copy of this film and have reviewed it here: The Lost Book of Nostradamus Review
CastleFiction is giving away six books over the course of the next four weeks (first book given away on Oct 21, 07). Totally free! Learn more about the books and Enter the Fantasy Book Giveaway contest
Beowulf The Movie (2007)
The Tale of Beowulf has been turned into a major motion picture. It has been directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins and John Malkovich. It is scheduled for release on Nov 16 2007. Learn more about the movie, the books, and the podcast here More about Beowulf
Free Fantasy Books available in the Public Domain - There are a lot of great fantasy books that are available for free. I have a list of some of these, have downloads of some, And some of them I have even translated into web pages so you can read them right in your browser. They are all available on Gutenburg.org and I have links too where you can get them. A Guide to Free Fantasy Books in the Public Domain
"The Making of a Medieval Film: The Dark Ages or "What do they do with all those swords?"
An Interview with the Director of The History Channel Presents: The Dark Ages - I have had the opportunity to interview Chris Cassel about his new film. The Theme of the my interview is:
Learn more about the film and the process that a film is made. Much of it was shot in and around a famous castle in Lithuania. Interview
Prehistoric Fantasy - This is an interesting sub-genre of fantasy that takes archaeological and anthropological themes and questions and explores them in the fiction of prehistoric times. Some good examples of this are Jean M. Auels Earth's Children series and Kathleen and Michael Gear's The First North Americans series Learn more about this interesting sub genre of Fantasy Prehistoric Fantasy
News In the World of Fantasy
Child fantasy Books - take a look at some of these selections in Childrens Fantasy books
The New Runelords book has been released (book 5) (Released Nov 14 2006) And the first book in this series is being made into a major motion picture.
Playstation 3 and The New Fantasy games - there are some great Fantasy Games coming out for the Playstation 3 Read about them
Could the Epic Fantasy Story of Gilgamesh Be true? Gilgamesh was thought to just be a mythical figure but a german team of Archaeologists say they have found the city of Uruk and the Tomb of Gilgamesh. Read more
Looking for a Gift for a Fan of Fantasy?
The Fantasy Gift Guide: My top picks for gifts for a fantasy fan. In time for Christmas
A New Tolkien work will be coming out. The unfinished work "Children of Hurin" which Tolkien started in 1918 then later abandoned will be coming out. His son has finished it and it is scheduled to be published next april. read the article about this
The New Dark Messiah MMORPG is taking free beta signups soon
This looks to be a really great game and Gamespot is taking people for a beta sign up. Read more...
The Wheel of Time to be made into a movie
The movie rights have been sold and the first book "The Eye of the World" is being made into a movie Read more...
The Lighter side of Epic Fantasy by Dungeons & Dorks!
The whole genre of epic fantasy is, of course a wonderful thing, but, it can get bogged down in the massive mult-book series that grow big enough to use as bricks in castle building. And even though I love the series in EF it can sometimes be a real drag - especially when you wait a year or two for the next volume and when you finally read it you realize nothing in the story line was actually resolved.
Dungeons & Dorks is creating a series of comics for my websites that take a look at epic fantasy and medieval things. Their first comic pokes some good fun at the whole doorstopper syndrome in epic fantasy. Here it is.
If you like gaming be sure to check out their website: dndorks.com
I have created a section of this website that will showcase all the dndorks comics for this site: dndorks
- Medieval Swords
- This site has information about medieval swords with pictures and explanations.
- Medieval Castles
Everything you wanted to know about castles. The history of castles, sieging of castles and what life was like in a medieval castle.
- Fantasy Guide
The Guide to everything fantasy on the web.
- Armory of medieval weapons
A resource of weapons and armor complete with pictures.
- The Trebuchet: Would you like to make your own Trebuchet? You can make a small table-top version quite easily. Learn more about the Trebuchet and the Project here
- The Knight Medieval Website - Devoted to knights, their weapons, chivalry and history
- Build a catapult - Nice project on how to build a small catapult called "The Table-Top Troll"
Fantasy Book Stuff
- The Massive List of Fantasy Series
Looking for a new series of books? Or trying to find out what book comes next in a series? Here is the massive list of fantasy series. With over 50 different series from the best authors with a complete listing of the books in the series. This is a great resource to understanding the different series.
- The Top Ten Fantasy Books
This is a real time listing of the Top Ten Fantasy Books at Amazon.com
- Experience Fantasy Through the Eyes of a creature or animal
Read a novel or series that is written from the point of view of a creature or an animal This is a very popular sub-genre of fantasy. You can be a unicorn, horse, or even a mouse or a fox.
- Classic Epic Fantasy Novels You can read Right Now for Free! Epic fantasy has a long history, and there are classics in the genre that have gone into the public domain. You can read them online or download them for nothing..
- Know how many books there are in the Narnia series? Know what the names of them are? Which sequence should you read them in? Do they come in a set? Learn More about the Narnia books
- The Big List of Epic Fantasy Authors - A list of the famous authors both past and present along with a massive list of epic fantasy books and series
- Looking for a bargain? Amazon.com is currently running some great bargains on science fiction & Fantasy books. Get them for low low prices. As low as 1¢
Sons of the Oak (Runelords) Certain works of fantasy are immediately recognizable as monuments, towering above the rest of the category. Authors of those works, such as Stephen R. Donaldson, Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind, come immediately to mind. Add to that list David Farland, whose epic fantasy series continues now.
The story picks up eight years after the events of Lair of Bones and begins a new chapter in the Runelords saga focusing on Gaborn's son, Fallion. Gaborn, the Earth King, has been traveling far from his home, to strange and unknown places. While beyond the edge of the earth, he finally succumbs to the accelerated aging that comes from all of the endowments he has taken. His death is the signal for a revolution, an attack from the supernatural realms by immensely powerful immortal beings.
These forces have discovered that Gaborn's son is the resurrection of an immortal, one whose potential power is so great that he might be able to reorder the entire universe. Fallion's enemies have decided that they must control him, and failing that, destroy him. He is only a child, but he is the heir to Gaborn's kingdom, and so must flee to the ends of the earth to avoid the destruction of all that Gaborn accomplished.
One of the mightiest of contemporary fantasy epics continues. And Don't Forget that The Runelords is being made into a major motion Picture.
1635: Cannon Law - A lesser known but critically acclaimed author. This book will be released in September 2006
The Stolen Child Highly reviewed novel - Considered to be a must read for any fantasy fan.
Raymond Feist's New Book starts a new series.Flight of the Nighthawks (Book 1 of the Darkwar Saga) Released April 1 06 Product Page at Amazon
The Free Epic Fantasy Audio Podcast novel
Lion's Last Kill Novel Podcast -Free Audio
Want to listen to an Epic Fantasy novel? It is totally free and it is one click away with no download necessary. I have added music and sound effects New Chapter every Friday. this is the Podcast Page with all the chapters listed. If you want to listen from the beginning. Lion's Last Kill Podcast Page
Note: August 18 - This novel is now available at online book dealers. You can now purchase a paperback copy. Here is a link to amazon.com
- Epilogue - This completes the novel. Thanks for listening!
- Chapter 26 The final Chapter - there is an epilogue coming next week
- Chapter 25 (august 25) People gather in the meeting room to hear the news that Bosch has brought. He tells them the word and they change. Now he only needs to return to his home and complete what he set out to do.
The Runelords Movie has been officially announced
There will be a Trilogy of big budget Runelords movies and it is currently in pre-production so Runelord fans are sure to be pleased. To learn more about the movies go to the official Runelords site. If you need to brush up on your Runelords or you are missing a book or two we have all the books.
The Runelords (Product Page at Amazon) is that rare book that will remind you why you started reading fantasy in the first place. Much of the setting--and even some of the story--is conventional fantasy fare, but David Farland, aside from being a masterful storyteller, has built his world around a complex and thought-provoking social system involving the exchange of "endowments." Attributes such as stamina, grace, and wit are a currency: a vassal may help his lord by endowing him with all of his strength, for instance, and in turn the vassal comes under the lord's care as his "dedicate," too weak to even walk. A Runelord might have hundreds of such endowments, giving him superhuman senses and abilities, but he then must care for the hundreds that he has deprived of strength, or beauty, or sight.
- Movie Reviews by Castle Fiction - Fantasy, Epic fantasy, classics and more
- V for Vendetta
- Howl's Moving Castle
- Secrets of Middle Earth - Inside Tolkien's "The Hobbit"
- The Princess Bride
- The Ring Two
- Kingdom of Heaven
- The Chronicles of Narnia
- Empires: Holy Warriors
MORE FANTASY STUFF
- What Is Epic Fantasy? Here is a written history of Epic Fantasy that tells you about some of the famous authors and works in the genre.
- See More essays on the Genre of Epic Fantasy
- Heroic Quotes We have quotes from all your favorite heroes from Gandalf to Conan and Joseph Campbell.
- Conan The Barbarian He is the character that epitomizes this genre! We have a collection of the best Conan books available
- Learn More about Conan: Did you know that Conan made his first appearance in a story called The Phoenix on the Sword? And it was published in Weird Tales magazine in 1932
- Fall promises great things for science fiction and fantasy fans, including a new novel by Neil Gaiman a new book in the Wheel of Time Series, and (finally!) the fourth book in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire
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